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Test Code BBHOLD Blood Bank Hold, LAB286

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Pink-top (EDTA) tube

Acceptable: Lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Specimen Volume: 2 mL of EDTA whole blood.

Stability: An EDTA, hand labeled, specimen drawn within 3 days of testing is the

              preferred specimen.  The sample should be tested as soon as possible

              following collection.  If a delay in testing occurs, the sample should be stored 2-6 C.  

Collection Instructions: 

Note: Follow special hand-labeling requirements below:

 

Patient is wearing armband

 

  • Legibly hand write the patient’s first and last name and MRN from the patient armband onto the pink tube
  • Write collect time/date and tech code on the label
  • Patients drawn in OP infusion center must have a B- Band number assigned

Patient is NOT wearing an armband

  • Patient must have a B-band number assigned.
  • Legibly hand write the patient’s first and last name, B#, and expiration date (T+3days)
  • Write the test(s) to be performed on the label
  • Write collect time/date and tech code on the label

 

When the specimen(s) has/have been labeled, verify proper specimen identification by comparing the labeled specimen(s) to the patient armband (B-band) before you leave the patient side.

Reference Values

Not applicable

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding

36415

Useful For

In clinical situations where the patient may need red blood cells or other blood components within 3 days, a properly hand labeled specimen may be collected and received to be stored in the Blood Bank.